Friday February 12 2021
Ranieri: 'Samp can do better'

Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri wants his men to show ‘determination’ against Fiorentina on Sunday. ‘I know this team can do more’.

The Blucerchiati are 10th in Serie A, but Ranieri wants to bounce back from a disappointing 1-1 draw with Benevento last time.

“I know that this team can do more,” Ranieri said at a press conference. “The result is the result of a thousand things, but we have to fight to the end, be determined.

“I know them, I know what they can give me and in Benevento we waited too long.

“I want that heart, that determination, that mutual help and the will to give our all in every situation.”

The Blucerchiati coach said he expects a tough fight against Fiorentina at the Marassi on Sunday.

“Fiorentina are an opponent with water in their throats,” he continued. “President [Rocco] Commisso said that they want nine points from their next three games.

“I remember both the first leg and the one from last season. Last year’s match was incredible.

“We lost 3-0 in 10 men without them having a shot on target. Two penalties and an own goal.

“It was a really strange game, but I liked it. The team tried to score until the end, and we did with [Manolo] Gabbiadini. It was worth nothing, but that’s the spirit of the team that didn’t want to lose.”

Manolo Gabbiadini is recovering from an operation and Ranieri confirmed he is doing better.

“He’s recovering with us, he’s not ready yet,” the coach said. “I’ll talk to him, to see if he wants to start smelling the dressing room again.”

Sampdoria followed up the 2-1 win over Fiorentina in October with a run of five games unbeaten.

“Sampdoria have improved,” Ranieri said. “We came from two defeats against Juventus and Benevento, then we played three wonderful games [in Serie A].

“Now, we are in a position where we have to show what we want and advance as much as possible."